Batteries

Sustainable Lithium Batteries from Sweden’s Northvolt

Back in 1969, the Apollo lunar module used 29 volt, 400 amp hour batteries during its historic moon landing. The cells responsible for the safe landing and subsequent return of the crew were 60 kg beasts with plenty of built-in redundancy to ensure the success of the mission. Today, you can order a battery pack with similar […]

Supercapacitors – A Brief Overview for Investors

Elon Musk has dedicated a huge chunk of resources (not to mention a large area of the Nevada desert) to lithium-ion batteries, but even he thinks supercapacitors are the future of energy storage technology. Supercapacitors – also called supercaps or ultracapacitors – are similar to batteries in that they store energy through electrical charge and […]

A List of New Lithium Battery Technology Startups

If you stop and think about it for a second, advances in lithium batteries have powered a fair number of emerging technologies in this decade. Electric cars, drones, smartphones, these are all becoming prolific because of improvements in lithium battery technologies. When it comes to portable batteries, short of some entirely new battery technology being […]

3 Lithium Mining Stocks That Produce 90% of All Lithium

Investing in emerging technologies can often involve “picks and shovels” plays that are indirect ways to profit from the adoption of a certain technology. Take electric cars as an example. One investing thesis has been that Elon Musk’s gigafactory that builds lithium batteries to power electric cars is going to need a isht load of lithium. The […]

7 Startups Looking to Improve Cell Phone Battery Life

While everyone is running around like mad looking for cartoon creatures, their cell phone batteries are starting to take a toll. If we can’t develop cell phones with sufficient battery life that will allow us to run around capturing mythical cartoon creatures for hours on end, then what is this world coming to? The “Pokémon Go […]

19 Lithium Junior Mining Stocks

One of our most popular articles lately has been one we published in August 2015 titled “Don’t Invest in Lithium Mining Companies“. The reason this article has become quite popular lately can be attributed to the below graph from Google Trends that shows people’s interest in lithium mining based on their searches: As you can see […]

Ilika: A Solid State Lithium Battery Stock

There’s a concept in finance called “home bias” or “domestic bias” which states that as investors, we’re most likely to buy stocks that trade in the countries we call home. Increasingly though, platforms such as Interactive Brokers allow investors to trade stocks on multiple foreign exchanges uncovering some interesting lesser-known stocks that provide exposure to disruptive […]

Cymbet: Solid State Batteries with Energy Harvesting

In a recent article we wrote about Sakti3 and their ambitions to make cheap, solid-state lithium batteries a reality. Solid-state batteries contain no electrolyte, and therefore do not incur the additional packaging costs or safety concerns that are inherent to traditional lithium batteries. Solid-state batteries actually exist today, but the problem is that they are very […]

3 Home Battery Startups Competing with Tesla’s Powerwall

In a previous article, we wrote about the Tesla “Powerwall” battery, a rechargeable lithium-ion battery in 7kWh and 10kWh configurations that can be installed in your home to store electricity generated from solar panels, or when utility rates are low. Tesla has prioritized Australia as the first market to enter, and they’ll soon need to compete with Panasonic which has announced […]

Sakti3’s Solid State Lithium Batteries

Energy storage is a hot topic among investors these days. From electric cars to solar energy storage, some of today’s most disruptive technologies are being held back by archaic battery technologies. Take basic lithium-ion batteries for example, which haven’t changed dramatically since Sony first introduced them to consumers in 1991. The technology itself isn’t going […]